A further appeal for potential employment sites in Hertsmere has been issued as part of ongoing efforts to exhaustively map out options for the borough’s future economic development.
Landowners and other key stakeholders will be receiving letters or emails this week from our planning team inviting them to submit for consideration any further sites they know of with potential for development for employment uses. The letters have been issued after officers became informally aware of several new potential employment sites in the borough, which have not been submitted previously as part of Hertsmere’s new Local Plan. We hope the latest Call for Sites will help elicit information on these and other potential opportunities for economic development.
The Local Plan will guide development and influence how the borough changes through the after-effects of the pandemic and over the next 15 years. More than 100 sites have previously been submitted for housing and employment uses. A previous Call for Sites was conducted in 2017.
Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “The importance of Hertsmere's new Local Plan is greater now than it has ever been, as it will help support the borough's economic recovery following the devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Our plan will help us ensure that the local economy grows and develops in a way that is sustainable, achievable and desirable for everyone - so it's vital we get it right.
“We must therefore take the time now to scrutinise as many potential employment sites as possible, before any final decisions are made.
“Not all sites will be suitable, and we will need to ensure that the infrastructure is in place where any significant growth occurs. However, we are keen to hear from anyone who knows of or owns a potential employment site, so we can at least assess its suitability for development.”
To be eligible for consideration, sites should have the potential to accommodate 500m2 of floorspace or 0.25ha available for development in the form of offices, industrial, storage, distribution and a number of other employment generating activities.
Respondents are asked to complete a questionnaire and return it with a map showing the site boundary and other supporting information to the council on or before 18 March. Further details are available here.
Any sites that are taken forward into the Local Plan will be available for comment. Plans are to publish a draft Local Plan later this year, which will be followed by a six-week public consultation.
Posted on Thursday 4th February 2021